Tuesday, January 26, 2010

speed sketching

speed drawing

You've heard of speed dating? Well this is the results of speed sketching...a fun exercise undertaken by my drawing class last week. In an effort to get students to loosen up in their new sketchbooks, I had everyone lay 3 objects out on their desk. They drew these objects until I called 'time'...at which point they left their sketchbook and traveled to another student's desk to pick up on the drawing where the previous sketcher left off. After 5 or 6 more switches students were able to go back to their own desks and see the results of the collaboration.

I love what resulted in my own sketchbook! I'm intrigued by how the style of the first drawer, influenced the sketches of others. For instance, if someone begin in a tight and precise manner, all the subsequent drawings in that book would be tight and precise.

I later decided to add watercolors (which I haven't used in forever!) to the sketch in preparation for a demo I did the medium this morning. Stay tuned for more on this.

16 comments:

edgar cabrera said...

cool exercise and nice results!

tim said...

This is pretty cool. Wish we had done this..

I also see that creepy bird mushroom thing...bet that made the students think...

rachel awes said...

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Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

What a great exercise! I love the collaboration and while reading I was thinking "how strange the drawing above looks like it was done by one person" then I read how the group stayed with the style that started it. Pretty neat. Was that intended or just happened that way?

sue said...

found your blog through artsyville and just love your sketches!! great exercise...speed sketching. i'll have to give that a try. thanks for sharing this idea!

aimee said...

how groovy is this! i think normally i'd flip out under the pressure, but maybe the time limit would contain my panic. this would be a fun game to play solo - sticking a few objects devant moi and giving myself only a minute or two to render them into a sketchy mess.

thanks for the tweet, sweet!

Annie said...

I'd love to see more of these!

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

Very fun, Suzanne. I don't know what the class is, but I sometimes wish we had little restorative fun exercises like this in my classes.

TeresaR said...

I may have to get my kids to try this exercise! Not as much fun with just the 3 of us, but still interesting. :)

Liz Steel said...

wow! I really love the concept! I should try it next time I am with sketching friends- or on a sketchcrawl

Joan Y said...

Hey, great exercise that we ALL can do. Goodness knows I need some loosening up! LOL

Ana Gonzalez said...

That fun and a good result.

~Valentina~ said...

*GREAT* exercise!... *LOVE* your sketch

Aris said...

great idea I think I'll try it with my seventh and eighth graders(:
they will certainly enjoy the moving around part of it(:

Krista said...

Excellent idea, this speed sketching thing. How much time did you give everyone at each spot? Curious also as to your comment about someone drawing in a tight manner. Does that mean they continued that process in every subsequent sketch, or did other artists follow in that artist's style after seeing what he/she was doing?

suzanne cabrera said...

Krista---Thanks for the question. Everyone was given between 3 and 5 minutes and the trend seemed to be that they picked up the style of the subsequent sketch.